lunes, 24 de julio de 2017

Katia Braunschweiler TEN HUNDRED DEVILS

As a soloist and chamber musician, Katia Braunschweiler has performed in Switzerland, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria and Spain. 
Katia was born in Geneva, daughter of a Swiss father and a French mother. She received her first piano lesson at the age of 6 and three years later was accepted into the music conservatory of Geneva where she pursued her music studies in piano and violin. 
At the age of 15, Katia was accepted into a “Pre-Professional Section of Piano” in Geneva. After her graduation in 2003 where she was awarded a prize for best composition, she decided to relocate to Holland to study with American pianist Alan Weiss (laureate of the Queen Elizabeth Competition). In 2007 Katia decided to come back to Switzerland (Zurich) to study with the German pianist Eckart Heiligers, member of the Jean-Paul Trio. 
Katia has participated in many piano master classes, held by such musicians as Gyorgy Sandor, Jeremy Menuhin, Maria Jao Pires, Alexis Golovine, Tomasz Herbut, Bruno Canino, Pierre Amoyal, Sylviane Deferne, Igor Blagodatov, Martha Argerich and Robert Greenhouse (cellist from “Beaux-Art trio”). She received a grant to study with Menahem Pressler, Anton Kuerti and André Laplante in Toronto, Canada. (2007) Katia has peformed in several prestigious venues, including the Zurich Tonhalle, the “Bösendorfer Hall” in Vienna and the Centre of Music in Utrecht. Katia performed on the Queen Mary II in January 2013.

One of the greatest keyboard legacies of all was left by Domenico Scarlatti who, like Bach and Handel, was born in 1685 – the fact that it is one of the most important, an oeuvre whose influence extended all the way to composers of the 20th century, can’t be repeated often enough. But the music itself is more eloquent than any words, particularly in a performance as masterful as the one offered by Swiss pianist Katia Braunschweiler in her GENUIN debut release. She serves up these miniature gems with great care, tonal beauty, and loving attention to detail – an ideal ambassador for the virtuoso and strikingly modern sonatas that tell of Scarlatti’s Italian homeland and his love for his adopted home of Spain. (GENUIN Records)

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